Ralph Reid Todd was born on December 24, 1912, in Tabor City, N.C., to Albert Alonzo and Laura Janette Briston Todd. By 1920, the Todd family was living in Lillington, N.C., where Albert Todd worked as an agent at a railroad station. By 1930, the family had moved to Greensboro, N.C., where Ralph Todd grew up and his father worked as a railroad rate clerk. Todd graduated from Greensboro High School. He earned his undergraduate degree through attendance at multiple institutions, including: Guilford College in North Carolina; Georgia State University; University of Metz in France; Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan; and the University of Maryland. Todd earned a graduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From the 1920s and into the mid 1930s, Ralph Todd was a professional musician. From the late 1930s to July 1942, Todd worked with the Texaco Oil Company in Greensboro, N.C., as a clerk. Ralph Todd had married Lois Evelyn Shields in Martinsville, Virginia, on October 3, 1936.
During World War II, Ralph Todd enlisted in July 1942 in the U.S. Army. Todd participated in the following military campaigns with the Third and Seventh Armies in the European Theater: Normandy Beach Landings, Campaigns of Northern France, Central Europe and the Rhineland Offensive. Todd held the rank of Captain during WWII.
After WWII, he remained in the Army, and participated in the Korean War in the 1950s. Todd was involved in the Summer-Fall Offensive, the 2nd Korean Winter, and the Korean-Fall Offensive 1952 Campaigns. His other post-Korean War foreign military assignments were in Tokyo, Japan; Ankara, Turkey; and Verdun and Orleans, France. Todd also served at the following military post: The Pentagon in Washington, D.C.; Georgia; New Mexico; Maryland; and Pennsylvania.
The following is a selection of some of Todd's military missions over his career: 62nd Ammunition Battalion with mission to furnish 3rd Army ammunition in WWII Europe; Commanding Officer of 192nd Ordnance Battalion in Pusan, Korea, with mission to furnish equipment and supplies to U.S. troops during Korean War; Special Advisory Group to Turkish Army during the Cold War, stationed in Ankara, Turkey; Commanding Officer at Fort Wingate, New Mexico; and Commanding Officer at the Letterkenny Army Depot as the back-up supplier to U.S. forces in Europe through the New York City Port.
Ralph Todd retired in April 1966 from the U.S. Army with the rank of Lieutenant Commander, and came to live in Chapel Hill, N.C. He worked with the Durham County School Systems for twelve years. Todd would serve on the town council and as mayor of Pinehaven Village, N.C., a resort area where he had a second home. Todd moved to the retirement facility of Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill in 1987. There he served on several committees, and for two terms as Representative for his Precinct. He was also member of the Carolina Meadows Pit Orchestra, which accompanied the residents at their Sing-A-Longs. He was a charter member of the Chapel Hill Community Concert Band, and a member of the Durham Community Concert Band. Ralph R. Todd died on July 10, 2012, in Chapel Hill, and was buried in Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery in the same city.